Vincent V. Carpio Sr.
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Born on April 5, 1920 in Pomona, CA to Francisco Carpio and Margarita Estrada Carpio. Vincent passed into the arms of our Lord Jesus Christ on his 92nd birthday of April 5, 2012 surrounded by beloved children and grandchildren. His departure was serine, peaceful, and dignified. He was a lifelong resident of Pomona. During WWII, he proudly served in the Army as PFC Sharp Shooter with the 23rd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division. He fought in the Northern France and German campaigns. Decorations and citations include European-African and Middle Eastern Theatre Ribbons, a Purple Heart, a Bronze Star Medal, two Bronze Star Campaign Stars, a Good Conduct Ribbon and a Combat Infantryman Badge. He was wounded by shell fragments in the famous "Battle of the Bulge," Hunningen, Belgium on December 18, 1944. He returned to the states and his family after months of rehabilitation, where he supervised German and Italian POWs camped at the Pomona Fairplex.
Vince loved fishing, camping and hunting in the High Sierras with family and friends. He supported numerous charities and was an active community member; Usher at Sacred Heart Church, Knights of Columbus, and Board member for the UPBMI Lodge #2, member American Legion Post 30. Vince was a retired City of Pomona Employee where he worked for more than 24 years with great friends.
Vince was married to his lovely wife from Chino, Connie Padilla Carpio for more than 58 years until her passing in 2000. He is survived by his children Jerrie (Robert) Davila of Ontario, Hope Carpio of Pomona, Mary Ellen Rocha (Augustine) of Gilroy, Vince Jr. (Grace) of Pomona, Vivian of Oregon, James of Pomona, Rudy (Toni) of Pomona, Ralph-Dennis (Anita). He is also survived by 26 grandchildren, 54 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great grandchildren, and two deceased grandsons.
Published in Inland Valley Daily Bulletin on Apr. 15, 2012